The Star Tribune, KTCA and the National Conference for Community Justice (NCCJ) will hold community discussions about solutions to the growing problem of teen alienation and violence.

Discussion groups begin Oct. 26 and 28 and will meet in a variety of Twin Cities locations; refreshments also will be provided. Most discussions begin at 6 p.m. and last two hours. Call the NCCJ office, (651) 659-0401, to find the site most convenient for you and to register.

Among the discussion hosts and facilitators is David Baker, program services manager for the St. Thomas Graduate School of Business. He writes: “The wave of recent school tragedies are believed to be a signal of alert to society — a signal that no longer can be disregarded. … The focus [of these discussions] will be on dialogue that is reflective, attentive, respectful and civil! … The only way to end violence is to start talking.”

Questions? Baker welcomes your inquiries at (651) 962-5195.